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RACHEL’S READS

Rachel’s Reads – January 2020

As you know, January marks not just the beginning of a new year, but also a new decade. Instead of starting the year off by looking forward, I thought it might be fun to look back at some of the wonderful books of the decade. This decade marked the beginning of me keeping spreadsheets to […]

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Rachel’s Reads – December 2019

As the year wraps up and there are gifts to be wrapped, I thought it would be fun to continue the tradition started last year to share a few of my favorite books of the year. These were books published in 2019 and several have made it into my giving list. I hope that there […]

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Rachel’s Reads – November 2019

In conjunction with the release of Give KC within the November 9th issue, and giving season right around the corner, I wanted to focus on a few books that tell the stories of inspiring people. Reading can give us a glimpse into the stories behind the people that we admire. It can allow us to […]

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Rachel’s Reads – October 2019

With the release of the Downton Abbey movie, historical fiction has been at the forefront of mainstream media. With the beautiful costumes and historical research taking center stage, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite historical fiction novels set across the ages and across the globe. A Gentleman in […]

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Rachel’s Reads – September 2019

In this busy back to school season, I love both being able to finish a book in one sitting and learn something new. Short novels are fascinating to me because an author accomplishes so much in so few pages. I also find it mind expanding to read books from other countries because I believe that […]

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Rachel’s Reads – August 2019

“Contact light.” – Buzz Aldrin Although we remember the immortal line, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” from Neil Armstrong as he stepped onto the lunar surface, the above quote by Buzz Aldrin contains the actual first words spoken from the Moon when Apollo 11 landed on July 20, 1969. […]

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Rachel’s Reads – July 2019

The stress before the big day is done and finally the relaxing can begin! Your vacation packing checklist should include clothes, sunscreen, chargers, power adapters, and, of course, a great book. Here are a few of my recommendations for fun honeymoon reads: Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin My […]

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Rachel’s Reads – June 2019

“The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.” Andy Warhol After what has seemed to be a never-ending winter and spring, with massive snows and torrential downpours, the heat of summer has finally started to make an appearance. The longer days bring more time for reading. As Lisa Schroeder wrote, “Books and summertime […]

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Rachel’s Reads – May 2019

With the final season of Game of Thrones coming to an end, the fervor over the television show has reached a fever pitch. Game of Thrones and the book series that inspired the show, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, have brought fantasy to new levels of worldwide popularity.  Fantasy and […]

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